Hello My Beauteous Ones,
I’ve been soaking up all the sun I can get while at the same time becoming more enthralled with the beauty of Life and all its lessons. ‘Life Is In Session’ was a plaque I noticed the other day while garage saling in our Valley. White with black lettering, the sign was tucked behind a dirty window on display for all passersby to see if they dared look. The sign caught my eye and I’ve been thinking about its message since, understanding that this is what’s been going on these last months… Life has been in session.
Silly, I know. Life is always in session, and yet… I’ve become enthralled with the beauty of my nieces’ and son’s laughter, the presence of so much LIGHT, the hard choices, the not so easy answers, the buoyance of family and all the love we share. Fires and mudslides and incessant rain, volcanoes and more fires…. Things not so easy to bear or to bear witness to.
And yet, right now, as I sit outside writing to you, the sun is rising. Her warm breath is upon my cheek as She whispers, This too shall pass. You are whole and healed and holy, as is everyone. I take a breath and breathe this TRUTH in.
We are Whole and Healed and Holy. And Nothing Bad Is Happening.
I am a granddaughter, a daughter, a sister, a mother, a friend, a lover, a teacher, a seeker…. I am truly loved and I love truly. And I’ve come to realize, magic happens when something enters your life and shifts the holy ground you walk upon. The truths rise to the surface, what matters rises, the pestilence, the putrid, the deep dark fears all rise and are cleansed with the warm breath of the Sun as she whispers, You are whole and healed and holy, as is everyone.
I take another breath, nothing bad is happening, and know that bearing witness is a holy act. It’s not my job to fix it. After all, it’s not broken; it just needs a little extra TLC, a little extra sunlight to sparkle once again.
Summer is a respite for me. Something I wish everyone was allowed. Time to sleep in or to wake up early just because. Time to snuggle with your honey. Time to dive deep into a good book and not resurface until every last word has been consumed and I am reborn. Time to take long walks on the beach, to listen, see, and feel the ebb and flow of the great waters of this place we call home. To know that there is a natural rhythm to LIFE, that She is evident in everything we do, if we but glance Her way.
I’ve been watching Her lately, as She has been watching me. I wonder what She sees…. I live my life with purposeful kindness, I rejoice in the everyday, I savor most moments. I am present, and when I’m not, I come back to the here and now as best I can. I make things, I laugh, I cherish those I love. And today, one day into my 52nd year of Life, there are a few things I know for sure, a few things She has taught me that I wanted to share with you, My Beauty ~ think of it as my birthday wish for you:
Love will set you free ~ Love is forgiveness and laughter and surrender and trudging through to the other side. Love is grace and ease. Love is Life, life giving, life affirming.
Joy is the foundation from which I now do everything ~ Do what makes you feel good. I bask in the sun, read, write, drink tea, celebrate the everyday with champagne, and move my body as much as I can.
Family is precious ~ Whether it’s your biological family or your family of choice, love them hard. Love them gently. Love them truly. Love them, period. (It’s what I do.)
Not everything is as it seems ~ Life’s greatest lesson. Nothing Bad Is Happening is a fabulous mantra I learned from Samantha Bennett at The Organized Artist Company to get you through the shit, the bullshit, and the down right ridiculousness of drama.
Try new things ~ I’m still working on this one as I have realized I’m a creature of habit ~ I like what I like, and don’t always want new. But new leads to possibilities and opportunities and self-discoveries….
Cultivate discomfort ~ I learned this at Samantha Bennett’s the True Freedom Focus Retreat this summer. I am not very comfortable with discomfort, hence the new desire to cultivate it and watch as I grow and learn more about myself and what exactly I am truly capable of.
Love who you are ~ Yes, indeed I do. If you don’t love who you are, change something. The tiniest shift in perception can make a world of difference. If you don’t know what I mean, look outside an airplane window from just below the clouds. It’s the same world you are looking down upon, and yet, it’s not. It has all kinds of dimensions and textures and colors that you cannot witness from the ground. Your heart is like that ~ full of dimensions and textures and colors you cannot see until you shift your perspective. Give your heart a chance to show you what love can really feel like.
Make Art ~ In whatever form it takes, create. Draw, scribble, collage, take photos, paint, write, sing, dance, play music…. The world needs your art. You need your art.
Play More ~ Give yourself the space and the permission to be silly. Laugh at the little things, let a dog lick your face and giggle from the tickles of love as he laps your cheek. Get a hula-hoop and re-embrace the wiggle as you try and keep that hoop on your hips. Dance, run, play hide-and-seek with the littles that love you.
Be ~ Just be who you are, love who you are, embrace all that you have been and all that you have yet to be.
Know you are loved ~ The Universe has your back, and your front, and is above and below and on both sides of you. But you have to let it in. Trust… trust your gut, your instincts, your soul… that tiny whisper that says, ‘yes.’
Year 52 will be a year of new discoveries for me, a year of embracing that which is, a year of love and laughter and as much joy as I can pack in. I wish the same for you. May you know you are loved. Even on your darkest day, you are loved. Not for what you do, not for your money or your status or your station. You are loved simply because you are YOU. And you are a miracle.
You are made of stardust, of LIGHT, please let yourself sparkle and shine bright. I dare you. I dare myself.
Let’s shine as bright as we possibly can, and then let’s shine brighter still. We can do it. I know we can!
Thank you from all that I am for being here for me, for being here with me, as we all continue to learn and to grow and to become more wholly who we are ~ whole and healed and holy. After all, it’s what Life wants for us!
Happy Birthday to you!
Blessings and Love, always and in all ways.